Collective Reality: Image without Ownership
This research seeks to develop an augmented reality application that will allow residents of marginalized urban communities to image alternative spatial and social scenarios outside of conventionalized epistemologies of urban development. While “development” implies the expenditure of capital and resources, redoubling the privilege of wealth with license to project urban futures, this proposal seeks to decouple ownership and imagination in order to empower marginalized populations. Working with the Cleveland-based non-profit organization LAND Studio, our project will engage the residents of Slavic Village neighborhood in Cleveland as a testing ground. By providing an interface for the imaging and creative manipulation of publicly owned, shared, or conventionally valueless resources within the community, our platform will reveal otherwise invisible opportunities for design and public life latent within the everyday urban context. Beginning with a process of community engagement leveraging LAND Studio’s established network, the project deliverables will include our augmented reality platform, freely available on nearly-ubiquitous mobile phone technology, and a series of physical props to be deployed throughout the community in order to foster the occupations suggested by our software application.